Liesl and Scott were married at the Union Mills Homestead in Westminster, Md. on September 7. The one thing about the venue that made them know it was the one — “the GORGEOUS barn and stream,” Liesl said. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart satin a-line wedding gown with a sash, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a tan vest and pans with a white button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses in neutral colors and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, baby’s breath, and stephanotis. Guests were greeted with a sign that said, “You may sit on either side. We’re all family when the knot is tied” and ceremony programs that also served double-duty as fans. The outdoor ceremony began with the processional, of course, but there was the cutest ringer bearer ever, who rode in a little wagon down the aisle. The couple even wrote their own vows! Cocktails, dinner, and dancing followed inside the barn. Tables were decorated with wine bottle centerpieces, wooden numbers, and cork place cards. Paper lanters and twinkling string lights hung from above. “There was the most EPIC Irish flash mob with my sisters, mom, cousins, and grandmom in the middle of the dance floor,” she said. “It was such a great memory for my family and I.” A three-tiered cake topped with two little birdies was served as dessert, and homemade apple butter jars were passed out as favors-to-go. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Even in the most stressful moments, don’t lose sight that the wedding is about the two of you as a couple getting married and becoming your own,” Liesl said. “In the end, all the details and planning will work itself out (and even if they don’t, oh well!). Just focus on each other and creating a beautiful foundation for your marriage and new life together.”
Crystal and Drew were married at The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va. on August 2. “The whole ambiance of the venue is very laid back, yet elegant, which is really what made us say yes to the venue,” Crystal explained. “We ultimately wanted a venue that reflected our relationship and personalities.” The bride looked lovely in a strapless lace fitted gown with a bejeweled belt. She styled her hair in loose waves and carried a romantic bouquet of pink garden roses, white amaryllis, and greenery. Her ‘maids donned short mint-colored v-neck dresses. The groom and his men wore tan three-piece suits and mint bow ties. Crystal and Drew tied the knot in the elegant barn in front of their 110 guests. There were various games set up on the lawn outside, from corn hole to life-size Jenga (which was made by the bride’s father and step-mother). At the reception, family and friends dined at round tables with white linens in the elegant barn. Each table featured floral mason jar centerpieces and gold candles. After dinner guests indulged in a variety of cupcake flavors such as key lime pie, red velvet, and apple pie. Yum! Crystal and Drew shared a special moment near the end of the reception. “We chose to have our guests exit the reception to prepare for the sparkler exit outside,” Crystal said. “As guests left the reception barn, Drew and I shared one last dance together, just the two of us. The moment was so perfect because we finally had the chance to reflect on our perfect day.” Talk about a heart-warming ending to their wedding day. Crystal recommends that engaged couples try to keep their big day in perspective. “If particular events on your wedding day do not play out exactly how you expected, relax and take a moment to really ask yourself if it will matter when you look back at it 10 years from now.”
Ali and Liam were married at Bluefield Farm in Blauvelt, N.Y. on July 19. The bride wore a short lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a curly updo and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a tie. Her bouquet featured roses, dahlias, and thistles. Guests were greeted at the ceremony with the most colorful, handmade garland backdrop.”One of my best friends sang La Vie en Rose as I walked down the aisle, and it was gorgeous,” Ali said. “Another good friend from Argentina was supposed to do a reading (about friendship) during the ceremony, but when she came up to do it, she was so overcome with emotion that she literally wasn’t able to do it. After trying to read the first line a few times and not being able to stop crying, she just hugged us both and went back to her seat. It was incredibly touching.” Following the outdoor nuptials, lawn games such as cornhole, bocce ball, croquet, and ladder toss. The reception took place inside the barn. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, milk glass jar centerpieces, heart-stamped kraft paper placemats, and s’mores favor bags at each place setting. “The pulled pork from Dinousar BBQ, who catered the wedding, was delicious,” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It’s worth the effort to personalize your wedding and make it your own,” Ali said. “It’s A LOT more work, but it makes the whole event more meaningful.
Taylor and Daniel were married at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on August 3. “We knew we wanted to get married on a farm and have the receptioin in a barn,” Taylor said. “The fact that when we pulled up and saw not only the beautiful river, horses running in the fields, and the barn was still being used as a barn, filled with hay, more horses, absolutely not ready for a wedding (we were the first ones to find the place), we knew it was the one. It was ‘untouched’ and smelled like a barn, couldn’t get more real then that! Most would have turned away immediately, but we knew we had found something special.” The bride wore a custom-designed lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a low back, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin yellow dresses and carried wildflower bouquets of sunflowers, dahlias, roses, and craspedia balls. Even though the day started off rainy, it cleared up just in time when guests arrived. Taylor’s favorite moment? “Turning the corner of the aisle and seeing each other’s faces for the first time all day, both grinning from ear-t0-ear,” she said. After all, forever was about to begin with Trooper, their pup. Following the not-a-dry-eye ceremony, the newlyweds took a few moments to themselves. “Just look around,” Taylor said. “Notice and take in all the people, who love you both and came to see you start your lives together. Just 3 minutes will make you appreciate the day that much more.” The reception kicked off with a chalkboard sign that said, “Here’s your glass for the night. Fill it to the rim with whatever tastes right.” It served double-duty as favors in addition to seed bulbs. Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lace doilies, and surrouned by mix ‘n’ matched chiavari and cross back chairs. “We even surprised my grandparents with their own weding cake with their topper from their 60th anniversary /vow renewal and a dance to the song they actually danced to at their wedding,” Taylor said. “Because it was their 67th anniversary, one of the main reasons why we picked our date.”
Hannah and Jonathan were married at Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va. on May 24. “The venue reminded me of where I grew up. When we saw the barn it just fit. It had originally resided on a working dairy farm that was the next town over from ours. They dismantled the barn piece-by-piece and put it back together once it got to the museum. It was incredibly unique in that it was octagonal shaped.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a matching solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray and mint chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas, and baby’s breath. “I am a huge family person,” she said. “I really wanted to have them be a part of the wedding as much as I could. Rather than having the traditional setup of girls on one side and guys on the other, we alternated it so that our siblings stood next to us. Not only that, but my brother carried our late grandma’s Bible with our rings down the aisle. It was very special. We loved her dearly, and it was heartbreaking not to have her there.” After they were announced husband and wife, it was official. Guests were asked write well wishes on pieces of fabric for a quest quilt. “A sweet lady from our church put it together, and we didn’t see the front of it until the day of,” Hannah said. “We will cherish it forever!” Reception tables were decorated with lace doily runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, and picture frame chalkboard numbers. “Finding all the vintage china was definitely one of my favorite details,” she said. “They were all so very pretty in their own right, and we had such a great time together looking for them.” In lieu of favors, red maple and dogwood trees were given out to watch their love grow from afar. “Since the beginning of our relationship, we’ve been blown away by how much we were made for each other and how much we were meant to be together . . . we put together a slideshow of us from infancy to where we are today. It played while we dance to ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlisle.”